Posted Yesterday, 07:00 AM
Like I said - this is what's wrong with this screwy system - someone, like yourself, defends someone carting their cute little Pomeranian through a grocery store restaurant and you ask "How many handicapped parking tags are fraudulent".
I rest my case.
Please point out where I defended allowing a dog to be in a shopping cart. Please point out where I defended someone bringing a non-service dog into a business. A Pomeranian can be a trained service animal, trained to alert the owner when blood sugar levels drop dangerously. Generally this is caused by the dog detecting ketones in the owner's breath. For this reason, many of these dogs need to be close to the owner's face. The ADA, as I've posted before on this thread, and many others, only allows for service animals to be in two places
, either on the floor, or in the owner's arms (for cases like the one I just mentioned). It does not allow for them to be in a shopping cart or a baby stroller.
I said, quite clearly, that businesses have the legal right to remove someone who claims their dog is an ESA, for any reason, and to remove a genuine service animal, if it is ill behaved. Other than that, I am in support of the law requiring businesses being required to accommodate service animals for those that need them. I would hope that should you ever need a mobility assistance device, whether it be a cane, walker, roller, wheelchair, or scooter, that you would never be denied access to businesses because of that usage, which is apparently what you are advocating, unless you haven't made your position clear.
I am not a fan of the aspect of the law that does not require registration or certification of service animals, but I do understand why
it is there, a fully trained service animal can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Who pays for this? Do we deny someone a service dog that allows a person to live on their own because they cannot pay this? Or do we subsidize the service dog training industry? You tell me. My comment on fraudulent HC tags was to show that even if there would be a requirement to register or certify service animals, there can still be cases of fraud, just like with the HC tags.